The New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship seasons made its debut in the 2001 season, just months after the tragic 9/11 attack on the United States. The Patriots were 14 point underdogs to the powerful St. Louis Rams, but the Tom Brady led Pats prevailed after Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning 48 yard field goal with eight seconds left in the game. Not only did the victory earn the Pats their first Super Bowl title, but it also removed New England from the Super Bowl losers list. New England had lost two previous Super Bowls following the 1985 and 1996 seasons.
- Written by Ed Staton
- Published: 21 Jan 2017
New England returned to the Super Bowl two years later with a match up with NFC champion Carolina. The two teams combined for 37 fourth quarter points with Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard field goal with four seconds left providing the winning margin. Tom Brady was named the game's MVP following the 32-29 victory.
Back-To-Back Super Bowl titles was a successful goal for New England in the 2004 season. The Patriots faced the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in Jacksonville. The seven point favorites defeated Philly 24-21 as Wide Receiver Deion Branch earned MVP honors. Branch was the third offensive player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors without scoring a touchdown or throwing a touchdown pass.
Super Bowl winning success took a full decade for the Patriots to regain. This time New England faced the defending champion Seattle Seahawks with the game rated as a toss-up. Quarterback Tom Brady once again earned Super Bowl MVP honors, but it was Malcom Butler's last-minute interception that sealed the game for the four-time Super Bowl winners.
Due to the suspension of QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, the 2016 season began with questions about whether or not New England would be able to compete for a championship. However, the Patriots refused to yield and plowed through the regular season with a 14-2 record. Following a win over Houston in the divisional round and a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 AFC Championship Game, the Pats were headed for Houston to play the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. Although the Patriots trailed by a 28-3 score in the 3Q, Tom Brady and company stormed back to force overtime. James White's TD run on the first possession of overtime secured a 34-28 victory and the Patriots fifth Super Bowl championship.
|New England Patriots Super Bowl Championships|
|Season||Record||Super Bowl||Coach||Super Bowl MVP|
|2001||14-5||SB XXXVI - Patriots 20 - Rams 17||Bill Belichick||Tom Brady|
|2003||17-2||SB XXXVIII - Patriots 32 - Panthers 29||Bill Belichick||Tom Brady|
|2004||17-2||SB XXXIX- Patriots 24 - Eagles 21||Bill Belichick||Deion Branch|
|2014||15-4||SB XLIX - Patriots 28 - Seattle 24||Bill Belichick||Tom Brady|
|2016||17-2||SB LI - Patriots 34 - Atlanta 28 (OT)||Bill Belichick||Tom Brady|